Ecclesiastes 11:7
New International Version
Light is sweet, and it pleases the eyes to see the sun.

New Living Translation
Light is sweet; how pleasant to see a new day dawning.

English Standard Version
Light is sweet, and it is pleasant for the eyes to see the sun.

Berean Study Bible
Light is sweet, and it pleases the eyes to see the sun.

King James Bible
Truly the light is sweet, and a pleasant thing it is for the eyes to behold the sun:

New King James Version
Truly the light is sweet, And it is pleasant for the eyes to behold the sun;

New American Standard Bible
The light is pleasant, and it is good for the eyes to see the sun.

NASB 1995
The light is pleasant, and it is good for the eyes to see the sun.

NASB 1977
The light is pleasant, and it is good for the eyes to see the sun.

Amplified Bible
The light is sweet and pleasant, and it is good for the eyes to see the sun.

Christian Standard Bible
Light is sweet, and it is pleasing for the eyes to see the sun.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Light is sweet, and it is pleasing for the eyes to see the sun.

American Standard Version
Truly the light is sweet, and a pleasant thing it is for the eyes to behold the sun.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Sweet is the light and good for the eyes, and it is better to see the sun

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Moreover the light is sweet, and it is good for the eyes to see the sun.

Contemporary English Version
Nothing on earth is more beautiful than the morning sun.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The light is sweet, and it is delightful for the eyes to see the sun.

English Revised Version
Truly the light is sweet, and a pleasant thing it is for the eyes to behold the sun.

Good News Translation
It is good to be able to enjoy the pleasant light of day.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Light is sweet, and it is good for one's eyes to see the sun.

International Standard Version
How sweet is the daylight, and how pleasant it is for someone's eyes to behold the sunshine!

JPS Tanakh 1917
And the light is sweet, And a pleasant thing it is for the eyes to behold the sun.

Literal Standard Version
Sweet also [is] the light, And good for the eyes to see the sun.

NET Bible
Light is sweet, and it is pleasant for a person to see the sun.

New Heart English Bible
Truly the light is sweet, and a pleasant thing it is for the eyes to see the sun.

World English Bible
Truly the light is sweet, and a pleasant thing it is for the eyes to see the sun.

Young's Literal Translation
Sweet also is the light, And good for the eyes to see the sun.

Additional Translations ...
Context
Enjoy Your Years
7Light is sweet, and it pleases the eyes to see the sun. 8So if a man lives many years, let him rejoice in them all. But let him remember the days of darkness, for they will be many. Everything to come is futile.…

Cross References
Ecclesiastes 6:5
The child, though neither seeing the sun nor knowing anything, has more rest than that man,

Ecclesiastes 7:11
Wisdom, like an inheritance, is good, and it benefits those who see the sun.


Treasury of Scripture

Truly the light is sweet, and a pleasant thing it is for the eyes to behold the sun:

the light

Job 33:28,30
He will deliver his soul from going into the pit, and his life shall see the light…

Psalm 56:13
For thou hast delivered my soul from death: wilt not thou deliver my feet from falling, that I may walk before God in the light of the living?

Proverbs 15:30
The light of the eyes rejoiceth the heart: and a good report maketh the bones fat.

a pleasant

Ecclesiastes 7:11
Wisdom is good with an inheritance: and by it there is profit to them that see the sun.

Psalm 84:11
For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.

Matthew 5:45
That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.









Verses 7-9. - Section 17. The second remedy for the perplexities of the present life is cheerfulness - the spirit that enjoys the present, with a chastened regard to the future. Verse 7. - Truly the light is sweet. The verse begins with the copula ray, "and," which here notes merely transition, as Ecclesiastes 3:16; Ecclesiastes 12:9. Do not be perplexed, or despondent, or paralyzed in your work, by the difficulties that meet you. Confront them with a cheerful mien, and enjoy life while it lasts. "The light" may be taken literally, or as equivalent to life. The very light, with all that it unfolds, all that it beautifies, all that it quickens, is a pleasure; life is worth living, and affords high and merited enjoyment to the faithful worker. The commentators quote parallels Thus Euripides, 'Iph. in Aul.,' 1219 -

Μή μ ἀπολέσῃς ἄωρον ἡδύ γὰρ τὸ φῶς
Λεύσσειν τὰ δ ὐπὸ γῆν μή μ ἰδεῖν ἀναγκάσῃς

"O slay me not untimely; for to see
The light is sweet; and force me not to view
The secrets of the nether world."
Plumptre cites Theognis -

Κείσομαι ὤστε λίθος
Αφθογγος λείψω δ ἐρατὸν φάος ἠελίοιο

"Then shall I lie, as voiceless as a stone,
And see no more the loved light of the sun."
A pleasant thing it is for the eyes to behold the sun. To behold the sun is to enjoy life; for light, which is life, is derived from the sun. Virgil speaks of "coeli spirabile lumen" ('AEn.,' 3:600). Thus Homer, 'Od.,' 20:207 -

Αἴ που ἔπι ζώει καὶ ὁρᾷ φάος ἠελίοιο
Αἰ δ ἤδη τέθνηκε καὶ εἰν Αι'´δαο δόμοισιν. . . .

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
Light
הָא֑וֹר (hā·’ō·wr)
Article | Noun - common singular
Strong's 216: Illumination, luminary

is sweet,
וּמָת֖וֹק (ū·mā·ṯō·wq)
Conjunctive waw | Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's 4966: Sweet, sweetness

and it pleases
וְט֥וֹב (wə·ṭō·wḇ)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 2896: Pleasant, agreeable, good

the eyes
לַֽעֵינַ֖יִם (la·‘ê·na·yim)
Preposition-l, Article | Noun - cd
Strong's 5869: An eye, a fountain

to see
לִרְא֥וֹת (lir·’ō·wṯ)
Preposition-l | Verb - Qal - Infinitive construct
Strong's 7200: To see

the sun.
הַשָּֽׁמֶשׁ׃ (haš·šā·meš)
Article | Noun - common singular
Strong's 8121: The sun, the east, a ray, a notched battlement


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